Day three of a weekend on Hawaii's most famous beach
At 8 a.m., Lisa and I hit the Diamond Head Tennis Center in Kapiolani Park for a set ortwo in the shadow of the inactive volcano. The public courts (free)are excellent, and the views are stellar.
Famished, we took the Ala Moana Shuttle Bus ($1.50 per person each way) to the Ala Moana Center, a huge mall where Hawaiian chefextraordinaire Alan Wong serves a mean breakfast at the PineappleRoom. I ordered Hawaiian-style eggs Benedict: poached eggs onsavory kalua pig and taro hash. Lisa opted for the Belgian waffleswith Macadamia nut sabayon. With a black Keemun tea and astrawberry-banana smoothie, the feast came to $30.50.
I couldn't resist one last swim in the Pacific and an outriggercanoe ride off Kuhio Beach, three waves for $5 per person. After checkingout of our room we decided to go antiquing, boarding the #14 bus ($1.50 each, one way) on Kapahulu for the 10-minuteride north. At the Hawaii Antique Center we admired classic rattan. T. Fujii Japanese Antiques is like an interactive museum ofJapanese antiquities, with centuries-old scrolls, woodblock prints,and pottery.
We took our time on the long, hot walk back, stopping to grab alate lunch at Ono Hawaiian Foods, where we noshed on traditional laulau (pork, butterfish, and taro wrapped in ti leaves andsteamed) and lomi salmon ($14). For dessert, Lisa steered us to Waiola Shave Ice, where we slurped down our frigid coconutand lilikoi (passion fruit) cones ($3.50 for two large cones).With a few dollars left in my pocket, I picked up something to helpus remember our long weekend―a banana-shaped harmonica froman ABC Store ($1.55). Ah, sweet paradise.
Morning tennis at Diamond Head: FREE
Waffles at the Pineapple Room by Alan Wong, including busfare: $37
Outrigger canoe ride off Waikiki: $5
Bus to Hawaii Antique Center on Kapahulu Ave.: $3
Laulau and lomi salmon at Ono Hawaiian Foods: $14
Cooling cones at Waiola Shave Ice: $4
Banana-shaped harmonica from ABC Store: $2